Tuesday, 8 May 2018

TCM Clinic Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa Night Blindness

TCM Physicians Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa RP, Night Blindness, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinal Degeneration, Eye Diseases

The Retinitis Pigmentosa RP Eye disease may affect people ranging from 8~65 years old, especially the young adults, According to the statistics, it affects approximately 1/3500~1/4500 and 1~2/5000 newborn. Estimated figures show that 1.5 million people in the world suffers from this disease.  There are many people in Singapore suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa RP, estimated to be more than 1000 people in Singapore.  

Many people who suffer Retinitis Pigmentosa RP came to see our TCM physicians. They are happy that they find TCM physicians who studied Eye Diseases and know what is Retinitis Pigmentosa. As they have seen Western Doctor and knew that this disease is hereditary, slowly their photo-receptor cells fall off and their eye-sight may deteriorate. They said their doctor told them that nothing much they can do for them except to monitor their Retinitis Pigmentosa RP situation. 

I have graduated from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a Doctorate degree in Ophthalmology. Most TCM physicians do not study much about eye diseases in their TCM courses. With a group of TCM physicians in my TCM clinic, we have treated many patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).  We have also treated many other eye diseases such as Age-related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinal Degeneration and Glaucoma. 

Retinitis Pigmentosa is also called Night Blindness as the sufferers do not see well at night. They usually do not wish to go out at night and they walk very slow when they walk down the staircases. Their vision-field (视野)is very poor, they could not see wide angle especially both sides, up and down. Very often they central vision are quite good. Their dark adaption (暗适应)is also poor.

In RP patients it shows hereditary characters such as autosomal dominant, adRP, autosomal recessive, arRP and X-linked manner, xlRP etc. The autosomal dominant develops slowly and comparatively later in age with less changes in electroretinograms, ERG; whereas autosomal recessive often develop in early stage, condition become serious and chronic with more changes in electroretinograms. Most often, patients lose their eyesight at age 40.

I had learned under Professor Deng Sue Hua 丁淑华教授.  She is a senior lecturer in Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and also a senior ophthalmologist attached with Jiangsu Province TCM Hospital 
(江苏省中医院). She specializes on eyes diseases especially on those eye diseases that cannot be treated or have little hope of improvement or still in research stage by Western medicine such as Retinitis Pigmentosa (commonly known as Night Blindness), Age-related Macula Degeneration, Maculopathy, Retinopathy, Optic Nerve Atrophy etc.

TCM physicians used acupuncture treatment and TCM herbal medicine to treat eye diseases. When I was doing my doctorate in Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine, I read many journals written by researchers on eye diseases. They are from different universities in China, some were from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine(京中医药大学), Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine(上海中医药大学) , Fudan University (复旦大学) and Guanzhou University of Chinese Medicine (广州中医药大学). They mentioned in their journals how they used acupuncture method and Chinese herbal medicine to improve the vision and prolong the deterioration of these eye diseases. In their journals, they also mentioned that there is no effective treatment method by the Western ophthalmologists to date.

I am a qualified TCM ophthalmologist from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I graduated with a PhD degree. I have done research on Retinitis Pigmentosa (main subject) during my studies in the above University.  

In Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine, many TCM ophthalmologists and PhD students have also submitted their research articles in some of the famous journals such as 《眼科研究》、《临床眼科杂志》、 《中国实用眼科杂志》 、《针灸临床杂志》 and 《眼科学报》.  

Here are some of the research articles:

广州中医药大学  硕士论文  

第三军医大学西南眼科医院   赵同涛博士论文

第三军医大学  博士论文  

第三军医大学  硕士论文 

复旦大学  硕士论文  


黑龙江中医药大学  硕士论文  




大连医科大学  硕士论文  

浙江大学  硕士论文  

《针灸临床杂志》  2006 09

黑龙江中医药大学  硕士论文  2009

《实用医技杂志》  2006 10

Treatments for retinitis pigmentosa with acupuncture and TCM herbal medicine have demonstrated positive clinical outcomes in several studies/thesis by many universities in China. These studies were published in many well-known journals.

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion concludes that acupuncture treatment protects the optic nerve from damage caused by intraocular pressure by alleviating stresses on retinal and optic nerve axonal ultrastructures.

The Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine published that the use of Chinese medicine improved retinal cone activity for patients with retinitis pigmentosa, even in cases of advanced retinal degeneration. Using electroretinograms for the investigation, the study also concludes that, “TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatment could also enhance the bioactivity of (the) nerve network and therefore have a definite significance in retarding the progression of disease and keeping the central vision.”

It said that the methods used by TCM, namely acupuncture and TCM herbal medicine can improve effectively the function and metabolism of optic cell, promote blood circulation of the retina, enhance the visual acuity and protect the central vision for the patients.  

There is an article from Healthcare Medicine Institute. This article finds that acupuncture Improves eyesight for retinitis pigmentosa. It also said that patients receiving acupuncture (ranging from ages 7-75 years) showed significant improvement and a halting of deterioration of the visual field.

This article said the study finds acupuncture effective in significantly improving eyesight for patients with retinitis pigmentosa(RP).  Acupuncture improved overall eyesight and improved issues of dark to light adaptation and nyctalopia (night blindness).

The study said patients received 10 thirty minute acupuncture treatments over a two week period. Testing showed that some of the patients improved in both eyes after only one week of acupuncture treatment and the results lasted between 10 to 12 months.  Dark adaptation increased significantly in patients. Night vision and the ability to see in darkened regions improved significantly in patients.


The following are some of pictures taken during my post graduate days in Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine. Jiangsu Province Hospital is the subsidiary of Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine.

From our clinical experience, these people suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (commonly known as Night Blindness or RP), Age-related Macula Degeneration, Maculopathy, Retinopathy, Optic Nerve Atrophy etc do see improvement after seeking TCM treatment in our clinic. Especially, after acupuncture, they find that they see things brighter and sharper.  Some of them also find that their eyes are less itchy.  Many of them found that their vision improved and also their eye deterioration was slower.  Traditional Chinese Medicine can help to nourish the eye balls, enhance eye circulation, prevent deterioration of photo-receptors, improve general organ functions, prevent stagnation of water flow, improve "qi" flow, hence improve better vision and maintenance of eye ball health condition.

TCM Physician Wu MuZhen 吴慕贞医师
              Registered Chinese Physician -Ministry of Health, Singapore  
              She graduated as a Western Medical Doctor from Guandong  Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, China in 1988.
She worked as a Medical Doctor in Guandong Shunde Leliu Hospital from year 1988 till 1992.

                                                                                                           TCM Physician Yan YanHua 兖燕华医师
                                                                    Registered Chinese Physicain -Ministry of Health 执有新加坡卫生部中医师注册执照

Contact: Dr. Ong Swee Ling  Ph.D of Medicine (TCM)
Email: ong.swee.ling@gmail.com,
Email: yongkangmedicalhall@gmail.com

Clinic address: Yong Kang Medical Hall Pte Ltd., 
Blk 78A, Telok Blangah St 32, 
Singapore 101078.
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